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John Brewin, The Barge Inn Community Project, Honeystreet

"We employed Isobel to produce a comprehensive interior design study for the sensitive updating of the Barge Inn at Honeystreet - a 200 year old canal side pub. It was absolutely essential that the long established eclectic mix of customers and products was not altered fundamentally, and yet the pub had to be 'updated' to be fit for purpose for the next fifty years.

Included in her brief was the whole gamut of interior design, to include a new bar and back fitting, wall and ceiling decorations, advice on new oak flooring, all new furniture and upholstery, and a completely new lighting effect. All this had to be achieved within a very tight budget, and an extremely tight timescale with a non-negotiable end date. At the same time, major building work was taking place within the same area in which she was involved. Arguably, a nightmare situation.

Isobel achieved all the objectives she was set, and liaised constantly with both the builders, the architect, the project manager, and us - the client. Not only did she produce a result that has been acclaimed both locally and nationally, but also after the immensely pressured three months or so we all ended up still on the best of terms. We could not have asked for a more innovative and competent designer, who met every challenge and unexpected enforced change of direction with a tremendous 'can do' attitude. Both we, and the local community, owe her a vote of thanks."